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Why domestic violence needs to be talked about in the workplace

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The Center for Personal Protection and Safety here in Spokane says it is vital for employers to start talking about domestic violence in the workplace. The Center for Personal Protection and Safety here in Spokane says it is vital for employers to start talking about domestic violence in the workplace.

The Center for Personal Protection and Safety here in Spokane says it is vital for employers to start talking about domestic violence in the workplace. If someone gets away from a violent relationship, the abuser may no longer know their cell phone number or where they live. However, they do know where that person works. Therefore, if they are trying to find them, the only place they know that person will be for sure is at their job.

“It isn't just a private issue anymore,” said Roger Aldrich, the Principal and Executive Vice President at the Center for Personal Protection and Safety. “It does affect the workplace. It is important that we think of it as another form of workplace violence, that an employer needs to be conscious of and realize it could have negative effects on the rest of the work force, let alone the individual.”

The Center for Personal Protection and Safety has a training video it uses to educate employers on what to do to keep employees safe in a domestic violence situation.

Domestic violence is something many people think is not happening to someone they work with because it flies under the radar. However, the center says that one in four, maybe even one in three women in their lifetime have been, will be, or are already involved in an abusive relationship.

There are some signs to look for, to tell if someone is in an abusive relationship.

“Frequent absence, leaving work early, late to work, those are less obvious,” Aldrich said. “Intrusive phone calls or emails, becoming less able to go to group functions, and being less social, all those can be signals and signs of something going on in the domestic realm.”

Another more obvious sign is if someone is wearing clothing inappropriate for the hot weather. For example, if they are wearing long sleeves in the heat or sunglass inside, they could be trying to hide bruises or scratches.

The domestic violence survivor should first file a restraining order that includes their place of employment. They should also notify their boss and security guards, so they can be on the look out for the abuser if they show up at their place of employment.

If they can, the center also suggests moving their office location to a different room or floor, so the abuser will not immediately know where they are if they do show up at work. They also suggest setting up a fake email account and voicemail that can be monitored for intrusive messages.

 

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